Inspired by Cat Power, Ferreira has taken to Instagram to show support for Michael Brown and the protesters in Ferguson
Sky Ferreira has become the latest musician to speak out over the civil unrest that's besieged Ferguson, Missouri since a police officer shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Ferreira was inspired by Cat Power, who performed a fundraising benefit show in St Louis on Sunday, with all proceeds going to "to help protestors get out of jail & any needed supplies and food for protestors & flowers for rifles."
Writing on her Instagram account, Ferreira said: '@catpowerofficial is playing a show tomorrow. I'm trying to find a way to come but I'm contractually obligated to another show. The $$$ for my performance will go towards this & I will be there in spirit."
Yesterday, Ferreira posted a photo of herself with "Don't Shoot!" written on her palms (above), the slogan adopted by protesters that makes pointed reference to the trigger happiness of America's gun-toting police force.
Ferreira's public shows of support for Ferguson's community come around a week after white stars who reference black culture in their music were criticised for not speaking out about the death of Michael Brown. Many Twitter users lambasted stars such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Iggy Azalea for not showing public support over the protests in Ferguson, even though they've successfully mined its musical reference points:
How come Justin bieber or miley ain't said nothing about Mike brown? Everybody wanna be black until its time to be black.— The City (@TheCity812) August 20, 2014
Ferreira's name wasn't widely circulated, but four months ago she came under fire after she released a video for the song "I Blame Myself", a video that many criticised for using African-American men as "props". Ferreira vehemently defended the accusations, saying "I did not use black back up dancers as 'props'. I never have and never will look at any human being as a prop. That's disgusting."
Michael Brown's funeral was held yesterday. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St Louis to sing, pray and discuss the need for change. Leading civil rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton spoke at the service and said: "America is going to have to come to terms when there's something wrong, that we have money to give military equipment to police forces, when we don't have money for training and money for public education."
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